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Barry Kavanagh's guest on his next stint as host of the radio programme SuperSoniskSommer will be the mysterious Ingebjørg Torgersen. Listen live on Saturday 11 December at 2pm (gmt+1) on RadiOrakel - that's FM 99,3 in Norway and it's also broadcast online. Afterwards the programme will be archived on Soundcloud and the last 5 weeks of the programme SuperSoniskSommer will always be available at fm993.org. Update, 11 December: the set list. Dr Sno and the Santamangas - From Christmas With Love (Tomorrow Never Knew What Yesterday Will Be) Cornelius Vreeswijk - Telegram for en Bombad By The Fall - Bury...

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Most 'terrorists' these days have been indoctrinated and radicalized by FBI agents, because the Federal Bureau of Entrapment cannot find any real terrorists to arrest and has to look busy rather than close up shop once and for all, on the grounds of uselessness. However, sometimes people just don't want to become 'terrorists', so when the feds sent an agent to a Los Angeles mosque to get some jihad goin' on, their man soon found that the mosque did not like his views and had taken out a restraining order against him! So he didn't get to start any 'terrorism'...

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'NASA-funded astrobiology research has changed the fundamental knowledge about what comprises all known life on Earth. Researchers conducting tests in the harsh environment of Mono Lake in California have discovered the first known microorganism on Earth able to thrive and reproduce using the toxic chemical arsenic. The microorganism substitutes arsenic for phosphorus in its cell components. "The definition of life has just expanded," said Ed Weiler, NASA's associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at the agency's Headquarters in Washington.' - Read the full story on the NASA website. Research article abstract on sciencemag.org.

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Original entry from 13 April 2010: 'Bacha bazi is an old Afghan tradition of taking young boys, dressing them up like girls, and making them perform for older men in tea rooms, weddings, and other private venues. The boys are "owned" by single or married men who trade or keep the boys as concubines... the age-old ritual of man-boy predatory sex, which is obliquely condoned throughout Afghanistan because of a pervasive fear or indifference about prosecuting it on any serious level... has proliferated after decades of poverty, corruption, and a lack of enduring social institutions... poor families sell their children,...

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In a 2009 cable from Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, US diplomat Tatiana Gfoeller reports on her meeting with Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yannian. They discuss Manas Air Force Base, which the Americans hope to keep in Kyrgyzstan. Note how casual the Americans are about giving billions to Kyrgyzstan, while the Chinese are 'horrified' at the suggestion they'd do the same, seeming more worried about what their population at home would think than the Americans are about their own poor people, in whose name they give millions to the Kyrgyz.The shock of the Chinese Ambassador and candour of the conversation is...

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'The Times story said the newspaper had made the decision not to publish "at the request of the Obama administration". That meant that its readers could not compare the highly- distorted account of the document in the Times story against the original document without searching the Wikileaks website. As a result, a key Wikileaks document which should have resulted in stories calling into question the thrust of the Obama administration's ballistic missile defence policy in Europe based on an alleged Iranian missile threat has produced a spate of stories supporting the existing Iranian threat narrative.' Read 'Russians Refuted U.S. Claim...

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The North Korean angry rock tune, "Fucking USA", apparently broadcast on a news programme. The song begins about 30 seconds in. Bizarre state-sponsored punks or what?

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A rather typical story these days, when it's nearly impossible to find real terrorists. The FBI has to keep busy somehow: 'The United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) claims to have thwarted their own car bomb Friday, November 26, 2010 at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon's Pioneer Courthouse Square. A 19 year old man, Mr. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, was in contact with undercover FBI agents since June of 2010... Unlike the supposed Pakistani terrorist Mr. Mohamud was in contact with, the FBI actually supplied him with a bomb.' The full story is in the activist post....

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Few accounts of grave robbing pass the all-seeing eye of Blather without us linking to them for your delectation. The Independent of 26 November 2010 reports: 'Grave robbers arrested after raid on China's terracotta tomb...Nine people have been arrested in China after grave robbers targeted the tombs of the ancestors of the country's first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, whose resting place is guarded by the famous Terracotta Army.' Read the full story.

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It's class war at Blather HQ, as we lay off more staff and servants in order to pay the interest on our massive loans from that blasted bank in Zurich, Odessa-Bormann-Eichmann-Mengele or whatever it's called. Or so the desperate lawyers are telling me on my answering machine. I am nowhere to be found at Blather HQ - I am comfortably ensconced in a tower of solid ivory at an undisclosed Arctic location, sitting at the roaring fire in my slippers, with a glass of port in my hand, poured to me lovingly by my Japanese-manufactured chrome robot slave, now gliding...